Tom Echterhoff likes to be around people.
“I enjoy having my friends, and I like having someone to joke around with during the day,” said the 20-year-old MU junior. “That’s probably why I like working at Hitt Street Market so much. I like the kids I work with, and you get to see a ton of people.”
Echterhoff works as a student supervisor at Hitt Street Market, an on-campus convenience store that accepts student charge. His job includes working the register and dealing with customers, as well as overseeing other employees.
“Basically I’m here ensuring everything’s running smoothly in the store, preparing the store for the next shift, stocking the freezers and just keeping everything under control,” he said.
Echterhoff has worked at the market since his freshman year. “I didn’t have any money second semester, so I strolled over to Hitt Street because I had heard they were hiring — and the rest is history, I guess.”
Echterhoff is working toward a degree in interdisciplinary studies, with emphasis on communication, history and business. He plans to use this degree to get a job in sales in his hometown of St. Charles.
“I originally came here because it wasn’t too far from home and not too close, either. Plus, I knew some people who lived here, and I had had some enjoyable visits,” he said. “Now that I’ve been here for a while, I realize Columbia was a good choice for me.”
As an east campus resident, Echterhoff is a fan of living close to campus because he never has to drive anywhere, and his friends are nearby. When he’s not studying or working, he enjoys golfing, reading and playing music.
“Music is a dominant part of my life. It’s what drives me,” he said.
On the weekends, Echterhoff spends the majority of his free time across the street at his neighbors’ place.
“It’s funny because at most of our neighborhood weekend activities, I’m often identified as the Hitt Street guy,” he said. “But I don’t mind.”